Culture and Historical background is included as part of all services provided by the Performing Ensemble.
Performance: Presentation of music, dance and songs in costume. Full Performing Ensemble focus on the artistic presentation.
Lecture/Demonstration: Presentation of music, dance and songs in costume. Partial Performing Ensemble focus on the Historical background.
Workshops: Hands on experience on a specific dance, song, rhythm or theme.
Residency: A series of workshops in a specific location and the same group of participants.
Seminar/Lectures: Our Cultural Educators are available to lecture, participate in panels of discussion on various topics pertaining to African Diaspora in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Staff Development: For teachers, administrators and other professionals that deals with culture and race diversity issues.
Curriculum Design: Design and development of curriculum for the classroom.
Special Programs: Tell us your needs and we will design a program for you. Customize programs for other dance groups and/or music ensemble.
Music, song and dance of Puerto Rico that reflects the African influence in the island. The presentation will focus on the various traditions of Bomba through out the island.
Dances of Puerto Rico that reflects the Jibaro (Puerto Rican peasant) folklore in the culture of the island.
Music and Songs of Puerto Rico that reflects the popular music known as Plena.
Music, dance and songs that reflects the African influence in the Caribbean islands.
Historical Background of:
Bomba is music, song, dance and drumming that evolved in the sugarcane plantations in Puerto Rico during slavery from the various African traditions brought to the island. There are many rhythms of Bomba; these are defined by the traditions kept in families, towns and regional areas. The essence of Bomba captures the body movements of the dancer and translates them into sound through the lead drum.
A Bombazo is a gathering of people to sing, dance and drum Bomba that facilitates the building of said community.